NWCFL 1 AT PARK RD
27 AUGUST 2016 --- 3PM
|LIAM MOLLOY [LEFT] OSWESTRY IN ACTION|
With the bank holiday weekend into full swing the decision was taken to try to avoid the rainy weather, something that with 15 minutes to kick off had clearly failed, and take the journey of around an hour to Stockport before hoping aboard a stripey boys number 11 service to Cheadle town centre. Most of the journey was spent in an ear bursting shrill of two younger members who decided in unison to test the decibels from their pushchair but we were soon departing in the functional little town. Thankfully we had made the correct destination with the town not to be confused with the Staffordshire town of the same name, mind you when you arrive here Cheadle is surrounded by Cheadle Heath and Cheadle Hulme, how many Cheadle's does one need?
|ANOTHER NEW CHIPPY FOR THE BLOG|
|SCOTCH BOB WELCOMES ALL TO CHEADLE|
|PARK ROAD STADIUM HOME OF CHEADLE TOWN FC|
|A NICE BIT OF HISTORY|
The home ground Park Rd has a nice link with todays visitors from Shropshire who play at TNS, Welsh Premier League Champions, ground Park Hall were they ground share. A successful season has seen them gain promotion through the Mercian League and it adds a new aspect to the NWCFL but adds a big journey for the club with Carlisle City also newly promoted. For the home side Cheadle are now back playing in their founder club, Grasmere Rovers, traditional green and although their history only goes back to 1966 its a nice touch.
|DOUBLE STRIKE FOR LIAM MOLLOY [LEFT] WOULD WIN THE DAY FOR OSWESTRY|
Todays journey over the Peak District on the Liverpool bound train sailed by when at Sheffield the blog got into conversation with Mike Bayly, contributor to When Saturday Comes Magazine, and writer of a new book and 100 grounds you must visit. Today Mike is off to The Giant Axe the home of Lancaster City. We, I, had an enjoyable 45 minutes while we batted back grounds to one another like the proverbial tennis player walloping the ball over the net, a pleasure nice to meet you. You can take a look at the Facebook page for the book which is due to launch in 2017 and contains approx. 75% non league grounds Mike is also one of the organisers of 'non league day' which is of course next Saturday.
|SAM NOAR CELEBRATES THE OPENING GOAL|
But we had read it wrong with FC Oswestry determined to get back into the game they gained more and more possession and apart from Luke Hincku for the home side who struck the bar on 27 minutes it was the visitors who were threatening. The did equalise on 38 minutes through Richard Litchfield who raced onto a neat through ball and fired past the out coming home keeper. Two minutes later they should have scored again referee Sims saw a push in the box and Littleton stepped up to take the spot kick but Ben Jupp flew to his left to save at full stretch and we would go into half time all square.
The second half started with the home side on the front foot but it was Oswestry who tooke the lead on 52 minutes when Callum Graybrook cut across the box to fire home past Jupp via what looked like a thwarting deflection.
|GRAYBROOK  MAKES IT 2-1 TO FC OSWESTRY TOWN|
Amazingly the bar denied Cheadle twice in quick succession with Tinsley beaten this time on both occasions Hincku first struck the woodwork before a curling 25 yard free kick from Sherrington [C] found the same obstacle.
The obvious happened in the final minute of normal time when Molloy fired home unmarked in front of goal after an assist from Dave Hartshorn.
A second half that produced a rather harsh score line for the home side but take nothing away from a young Oswestry side that rode their luck but took their chances thanks to some determined goalkeeping and woodwork.
The reverse journey found us aboard a number 11 shortly after the final whistle and arriving back in Sotckport bus station we made the short walk to platform 0 at the station for the 5.54 train which dropped us off an hour later at base station for what had been an enjoyable afternoon with two friendly clubs and an entertaining game to remember too.
|TRANSPORT PICTURE RETURNS THE 11'S VIA CHEADLE|